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Alternatives to Hitler : German resistance under the Third Reich /
Hans Mommsen ; translated and annotated by Angus McGeoch ; with an introduction by Jeremy Noakes.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2003.
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313 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0691116938
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2003.
isbn
0691116938
language note
Translated from the German.
catalogue key
5147904
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"When the doyen of twentieth-century German historians writes on the subject for which he is best known, in the genre in which he excels, nothing can go wrong. And this is indeed the case. Mommsen's work on the German Resistance is political history par excellence."--Michael Geyer, University of Chicago"Mommsen has produced the standard work on the subject--faultless, it leaves nothing to be desired. His range is both broad and penetrating. . . . The biographical chapters are a veritable Who's Who of the Resistance."--SÜddeutsche Zeitung"No work on the events of 1944 or the plot against Hitler can afford to ignore Mommsen's book. It is unavoidable."--EuropÄische Sicherheit"This English translation will be invaluable to all students who have no access to the German original."--Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield
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"When the doyen of twentieth-century German historians writes on the subject for which he is best known, in the genre in which he excels, nothing can go wrong. And this is indeed the case. Mommsen's work on the German Resistance is political history par excellence."--Michael Geyer, University of Chicago"Mommsen has produced the standard work on the subject--faultless, it leaves nothing to be desired. His range is both broad and penetrating. . . . The biographical chapters are a veritable Who's Who of the Resistance."--S ddeutsche Zeitung"No work on the events of 1944 or the plot against Hitler can afford to ignore Mommsen's book. It is unavoidable."--Europ ische Sicherheit"This English translation will be invaluable to all students who have no access to the German original."--Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield
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"When the doyen of twentieth-century German historians writes on the subject for which he is best known, in the genre in which he excels, nothing can go wrong. And this is indeed the case. Mommsen's work on the German Resistance is political history par excellence."--Michael Geyer, University of Chicago "Mommsen has produced the standard work on the subject--faultless, it leaves nothing to be desired. His range is both broad and penetrating. . . . The biographical chapters are a veritable Who's Who of the Resistance."--SÜddeutsche Zeitung "No work on the events of 1944 or the plot against Hitler can afford to ignore Mommsen's book. It is unavoidable."--EuropÄische Sicherheit "This English translation will be invaluable to all students who have no access to the German original."--Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-08-01:
Interest in German opposition to Hitler has grown in the past few years, led by the work of such prominent historians as Joachim Fest (Plotting Hitler's Death) and Theodore S. Hamerow (On the Road to the Wolf's Lair: German Resistance to Hitler). Now another major German historian weighs in with a remarkable contribution to this fascinating subject. Mommsen has produced a well-researched account of the myriad opposition forces that sought to overthrow Hitler and his Nazi henchmen. Mommsen explores the background and ideological differences of the different groups, ranging from left-wing dissenters to conservative military officers who had in common only the belief that Hitler was ruining the future of Germany. The result is a highly sophisticated work from a mature historian at the top of his game. For all history collections.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Mommsen (Univ. of Bielefeld) argues that historians must not assess the July 20 plotters according to present concerns or cherished national myths, but on their own terms. For nationalist and certain socialist conspirators, a return to the Weimar Republic was unthinkable, although Weimar-era social thought pervaded the resistance during WW II. The conservative-nationalists rejected 20th-century mass society, which they termed Vermassung (loss of individuality). As alternatives to Hitler, parliamentary democracy, and Vermassung, they offered corporatist, statist, or authoritarian utopias. Along with the Nazis, many resisters embraced the Volksgemeinschaft (national community) as an antidote to class struggle; dreaded a repetition of the November 1918 Revolution (which, like the Nazis, they connected with "Judeo-Bolshevism"); and assumed that Germany should dominate the rest of Europe. The English edition contains information notes and an abbreviated bibliography, but researchers will want to consult the German original (Alternative zu Hitler, 2000) for source citations. This book supersedes Hans Rothfels's The German Opposition to Hitler (1948), and supplements Peter Hoffmann's The History of the German Resistance (1977). Because Mommsen assumes a high level of background knowledge, readers looking for an introduction to the German resistance should not begin here. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. R. White Towson University
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No work on the events of 1944 or the plot against Hitler can afford to ignore Mommsen's book. It is unavoidable.
This English translation will be invaluable to all students who have no access to the German original.
When the doyen of twentieth-century German historians writes on the subject for which he is best known, in the genre in which he excels, nothing can go wrong. And this is indeed the case. Mommsen's work on the German Resistance is political history par excellence.
A remarkable contribution to this fascinating subject. . . . A highly sophisticated work from a mature historian at the top of his game.
A remarkable contribution to this fascinating subject. . . . A highly sophisticated work from a mature historian at the top of his game. -- Library Journal
Mommsen has produced the standard work on the subject--faultless, it leaves nothing to be desired. His range is both broad and penetrating. . . . The biographical chapters are a veritable Who's Who of the Resistance.
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Summaries
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Internal opposition to Nazism is often mythologized as heroic or dismissed as "too little, too late, and for the wrong reasons." These seminal writings trace the real and complex history of the German Resistance from the ascent of the Nazi Party to the July 1944 attempted assassination of Hitler. Informed by four decades of research and written by the premier historian of the German Resistance, this book constitutes the definitive work on those tens of thousands of Germans who fought the Third Reich from within. Hans Mommsen considers the full spectrum of opposition, from small but still-dangerous acts of political disobedience to large-scale conspiracies to overthrow the government. Along the way he tells the incredible stories of such Germans as Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who planted a briefcase bomb during a staff meeting at Hitler's East Prussian military headquarters, and the members of the Kreisau Circle, who clandestinely met to plan for Germany's postwar future as a democratic member of an integrated Europe. While upholding resistance to Nazism as a value beyond reproach, Mommsen considers the varied and sometimes murky motives of those who resisted--motives that ranged from principled commitment to pragmatic self-interest by former Nazi sympathizers. He examines resisters' detailed and not-always-democratic programs to rebuild a state and reeducate a Nazified society and considers their sometimes ambivalent attitudes toward the unfolding Final Solution. Available in English for the first time in this fluid translation, this book is a signal achievement by a major scholar--and the standard work on the German Resistance available in any language.
Main Description
Internal opposition to Nazism is often mythologized as heroic or dismissed as "too little, too late, and for the wrong reasons." These seminal writings trace the real and complex history of the German Resistance from the ascent of the Nazi Party to the July 1944 attempted assassination of Hitler. Informed by four decades of research and written by the premier historian of the German Resistance, this book constitutes the definitive work on those tens of thousands of Germans who fought the Third Reich from within.Hans Mommsen considers the full spectrum of opposition, from small but still-dangerous acts of political disobedience to large-scale conspiracies to overthrow the government. Along the way he tells the incredible stories of such Germans as Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who planted a briefcase bomb during a staff meeting at Hitler's East Prussian military headquarters, and the members of the Kreisau Circle, who clandestinely met to plan for Germany's postwar future as a democratic member of an integrated Europe.While upholding resistance to Nazism as a value beyond reproach, Mommsen considers the varied and sometimes murky motives of those who resisted--motives that ranged from principled commitment to pragmatic self-interest by former Nazi sympathizers. He examines resisters' detailed and not-always-democratic programs to rebuild a state and reeducate a Nazified society and considers their sometimes ambivalent attitudes toward the unfolding Final Solution.Available in English for the first time in this fluid translation, this book is a signal achievement by a major scholar--and the standard work on the German Resistance available in any language.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Carl von Ossietzky and the concept of a right to resist in Germanyp. 9
German society and resistance to Hitlerp. 23
The social vision and constitutional plans of the German resistancep. 42
The Kreisau Circle and the future reorganization of Germany and Europep. 134
Count Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenburg and the Prussian traditionp. 152
German anti-Hitler resistance and the ending of Europe's division into nation-statesp. 181
Julius Leber and the German resistance to Hitlerp. 194
Wilhelm Leuschner and the resistance movement of 20 July 1944p. 205
Carlo Mierendorff's 'Socialist Action' programmep. 218
Adolf Reichwein's road to resistance and the Kreisau Circlep. 227
The position of the military opposition to Hitler in the German resistance movementp. 238
Anti-Hitler resistance and the Nazi persecution of Jewsp. 253
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 305
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